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Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999

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Number 26 of 1999


QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION AND TRAINING) ACT, 1999


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary And General

Section

1.

Short title, commencement, collective citation and construction.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Expenses.

4.

Objects of Act.

PART II

National Qualifications Authority Of Ireland

5.

Establishment of National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.

6.

Membership of Authority.

7.

Objects of Authority.

8.

Functions of Authority.

9.

Review by Authority.

10.

Determination by Authority.

11.

Grants.

PART III

Further Education And Training Awards Council

Chapter I

The Council: General Provisions

12.

Establishment of Further Education and Training Awards Council.

13.

Membership of Council.

14.

Functions of Council.

15.

Validation of programmes by Council.

16.

Withdrawal of validation.

17.

Appeals to Authority against refusal or withdrawal of validation.

18.

Quality assurance.

Chapter II

Delegation of Authority

19.

Delegation of authority to make awards.

20.

Review and withdrawal of delegated authority.

PART IV

Higher Education And Training Awards Council

Chapter I

The Council: General Provisions

21.

Establishment of Higher Education and Training Awards Council.

22.

Membership of Council.

23.

Functions of Council.

24.

Recognised institutions of Council.

25.

Validation of programmes by Council.

26.

Withdrawal of validation.

27.

Appeals to Authority against refusal or withdrawal of validation.

28.

Quality assurance.

Chapter II

Delegation of Authority

29.

Delegation of authority to make awards.

30.

Review and withdrawal of delegated authority.

Chapter III

Charters

31.

Charters.

Chapter IV

Amendment of Act of 1992

32.

Amendment of Act of 1992.

Chapter V

Dissolution of National Council for Educational Awards, etc.

33.

Dissolution of National Council for Educational Awards.

34.

Pending legal proceedings.

35.

Transfer of assets and liabilities to Council.

36.

Preservation of certain continuing contracts and adaptation of references.

37.

Repeal of National Council for Educational Awards Act, 1979.

PART V

Dublin Institute Of Technology

38.

Role of Institute.

39.

Quality assurance.

PART VI

Universities

Chapter I

Role of Universities

40.

Role of universities.

Chapter II

Universities established under section 9 of Act of 1997

41.

Universities established under section 9 of Act of 1997.

42.

Quality assurance.

PART VII

Protection For Learners

43.

Arrangements for protection of learners.

44.

Assistance to find alternative programme.

45.

Information to be furnished by provider: protection.

46.

Information to be furnished by provider: access, transfer and progression.

47.

Offences and penalties.

PART VIII

General Provisions

48.

Definition.

49.

Chairperson.

50.

Chief executive.

51.

Interim chief executive.

52.

Employees.

53.

Membership of either House of Oireachtas or European Parliament.

54.

Disclosure of interests.

55.

Disclosure of information.

56.

Committees.

57.

Accounts.

58.

Plans.

59.

Reports.

60.

Gifts.

61.

Fees.

62.

Amendment of section 4 of Labour Services Act, 1987.

63.

Service of notices.

64.

Provisions in relation to offences.

65.

Provider not to be described as institute of technology or regional technical college.

66.

Gender balance.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Membership And Meetings

SECOND SCHEDULE

Chief Executive

THIRD SCHEDULE

Superannuation

Acts Referred To

Companies Acts, 1963 to 1990

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993

1993, No. 8

Dublin Institute of Technology Act, 1992

1992, No. 15

Dublin Institute of Technology Acts, 1992 and 1994

European Parliament Elections Act, 1997

1997, No. 2

Higher Education Authority Act, 1971

1971, No. 22

Labour Services Act, 1987

1987, No. 15

National Council for Educational Awards Act, 1979

1979, No. 30

Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851

14 & 15 Vic., c. 93

Regional Technical Colleges Act, 1992

1992, No. 16

Regional Technical Colleges Acts, 1992 to 1999

Universities Act, 1997

1997, No. 24

Vocational Education Act, 1930

1930, No. 29

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Number 26 of 1999


QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION AND TRAINING) ACT, 1999


AN ACT TO ESTABLISH AN ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, RECOGNITION AND AWARD OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS IN THE STATE; TO ESTABLISH ÚDARÁS NÁISIÚNTA CÁILÍOCHTAÍ NA hÉIREANN, COMHAIRLE NA nDÁMHACHTAINÍ BREISOIDEACHAIS AGUS OILIÚNA AND COMHAIRLE NA nDÁMHACHTAINÍ ARDOIDEACHAIS AGUS OILIÚNA AND TO DEFINE THEIR FUNCTIONS; TO DISSOLVE THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL AWARDS; TO REPEAL THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL AWARDS ACT, 1979; TO AMEND THE REGIONAL TECHNICAL COLLEGES ACT, 1992, AND THE LABOUR SERVICES ACT, 1987, AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [13th July, 1999]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: